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• With eight regular-season games remaining entering Monday, Lancaster second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. is four stolen bases away from becoming the first player in the history of the Astros' organization to swipe 100 bags in a season.

DeShields stole three bases Friday for the JetHawks, bringing his total at Lancaster to 13 in 15 tries. He stole 83 bases in 97 attempts for Class A Lexington, which is where he spent most of the season before getting promoted about a month ago.

• Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said the club is finalizing its instructional league roster, which has been complicated by a number of Minor League clubs either making the playoffs or still competing for a playoff spot -- a good problem to have.

Nelson said the Astros will bring 35 Minor League players to the team's Spring Training complex in Kissimmee, Fla., beginning Sept. 18. The players will finish in Kissimmee on Oct. 10. Teams usually bring in younger, less-experienced players to Florida following the season for more intensive training.

It's also a landing spot for players making position changes -- DeShields made a wholesale change from the outfield to second base in the instructional league -- as well as some players who would be rehabbing from injuries.

• With eight regular-season games remaining entering Monday, Lancaster second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. is four stolen bases away from becoming the first player in the history of the Astros' organization to swipe 100 bags in a season.

DeShields stole three bases Friday for the JetHawks, bringing his total at Lancaster to 13 in 15 tries. He stole 83 bases in 97 attempts for Class A Lexington, which is where he spent most of the season before getting promoted about a month ago.

• Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said the club is finalizing its instructional league roster, which has been complicated by a number of Minor League clubs either making the playoffs or still competing for a playoff spot -- a good problem to have.

Nelson said the Astros will bring 35 Minor League players to the team's Spring Training complex in Kissimmee, Fla., beginning Sept. 18. The players will finish in Kissimmee on Oct. 10. Teams usually bring in younger, less-experienced players to Florida following the season for more intensive training.

It's also a landing spot for players making position changes -- DeShields made a wholesale change from the outfield to second base in the instructional league -- as well as some players who would be rehabbing from injuries.